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Design Strategies
June 2019 Design Strategies
Evidence based on primary research and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), and The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), among others, can help guide critical infection prevention decisions in a range of healthcare settings. The following strategies, gathered through a review of the literature, should be considered throughout the material selection and specification stages.
Issue Brief
June 2019 Issue Brief
As part of the infection control toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about, high-touch and soft surfaces and their effect on antimicrobial behavior, different cleaning mechanisms and their impact on surfaces, and an approach for structuring infection prevention teams during the design process. 
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Webinar
May 2018 Webinar
In this webinar, you will learn about an innovative clinic design and care-delivery model, as well as the real-time locating system (RTLS) technology that supports it. Yet how do you design a clinic and its workflow without a waiting room, where exam rooms are always free for the next patient, where patients make their own way through the halls, and where providers and staff easily know where to go next?
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Project Brief
January 2016 Project Brief
Learn about: a streamlined design with easy-to-move furnishings and standardized cleaning products that help Environmental Services staff be more efficient and effective, smart furniture selection that can help reduce cleaning time, and the connection between a clean environment and patient satisfaction.
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Tool
January 2016 Tool
This tool provides healthcare designers and professionals with ideas on how to address the issue of hand hygiene and infection control in facility design. 
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Design Strategies
January 2016 Design Strategies
A clean healthcare environment helps improve an organization’s infection prevention efforts, patient satisfaction, and bottom-line.  The built environment design constitutes a key component of a systems approach to keeping the healthcare environment clean.
Lessons Learned
June 2015 Lessons Learned

The following are compiled from research literature, case studies, interviews, and other materials to provide an overview on the topic of infection control.  

Project Brief
March 2015 Project Brief
Learn about: the interdisciplinary infection control working group created to guide design decisions, the methods used to protect individuals from infection during the construction process, and the design strategies implemented in the new facility to reduce the spread of infections.
Project Brief
March 2015 Project Brief
Learn about: the benefits of creating multidisciplinary stakeholder teams, the complications that can arise with some antimicrobial cleaners, and the close connection between cleaning standards and furniture selection.
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Interview
January 2016 Interview

Learn about: the key cleanliness issues facing the healthcare industry today, the issues that drive patient perceptions about cleanliness, and the ways architects and designers can help improve perceptions of cleanliness.